Posts tagged with "Yellowstone"

What's New and Good

Posted March 20, 2015 in Yellowstone, travel, travel planning and 6 more

I've been a terrible blogger this week!

I usually prepare a bunch of blogs for the week over the weekend. But last weekend was crazy busy, so I didn't get anything done. Which is why my blogs have been a bit sporadic this week (I don't always have the time or energy to blog on weeknights). But I thought I would check in with you just so you know I'm still alive.

I'm going to be honest, I've been feeling a bit overwhelmed and exhausted. So I need to take a moment to think about the things in my life that are fun and awesome.

Here are some things that are new and good right now...

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New Year's Goals Halfway Check In

Posted June 4, 2015 in goals, 2015, new year and 8 more


Can you believe we're nearly halfway through the year?!?! 2015 is flying by!

The above photo is what I look like mid-2015, in case you were wondering.

At the beginning of the year, I always like to take some time to reflect on my life and set some goals for the year. I try to look back at my goals throughout the year to make sure I'm staying on track. I thought this halfway point would be a good time to share with you how I'm doing.

Read my original post - My Goals for 2015.

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Weekend Recap {June 5-7, 2015}

Posted June 8, 2015 in Weekend Recap, weekend, camping and 8 more

Hello! How was your weekend? This weekend totally flew by!

The BF and I were busy getting ready for our upcoming camping trip in Yellowstone. Getting ready to go on a long camping trip takes A LOT of preparation.

But we did manage to squeeze in a few fun activities to break up all of our pre-vacation prep.

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How to eat healthy on a camping adventure

Posted June 11, 2015 in camping, Yellowstone, travel and 5 more


I'm going to Yellowstone National Park!!

The BF and I have been planning this trip since the beginning of the year, and it's finally here! We are staying in a hotel, a cabin, a campground then another hotel. So it will be interesting!

This trip has taken a lot of planning. I'm totally Type A and made a 5-page itinerary, printed out maps (just in case of no WiFi or phone service), created a page-long packing list and made a meal plan. I'm crazy.

The BF's sister, Betsy, her husband, Matt, and their kids, Payton and Cooper, are joining us on this little adventure. They live in Washington, and will meet us at the park!

Since there will be six people to feed, we split up the meal responsibilities. The BF and I will bring a few meals, and their family will bring a few meals. We'll have a grill and a campfire at our campsite.

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What to pack for a safe and healthy camping adventure

Posted June 18, 2015 in camping, Yellowstone, healthy living and 5 more

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As you read this, I am braving the elements in Yellowstone National Park. Yes, I am tent camping!

This is my second camping adventure ever, and before heading to Wyoming I was feeling a bit nervous. I love being outdoors. Nature is so fascinating and peaceful. But I am also a bit fearful of the unpredictable nature of…nature. So before our trip, I read all the Bear Safety pages on the National Park Services website and packed all the gear I guessed would keep me safe.

And as with all of my trips, I wanted to stay healthy. Traveling is a great time to indulge in local foods and a few extra cocktails or desserts, but I like to eat well and stay active on my adventures. So I also packed some items that will help me stay healthy. (Find out what food I packed here).

One thing I realized is you have to pack A LOT of stuff to go camping. I created a packing list (because I'm Type A) and it was an entire page, two-columns. The weather forecast says 70's during the day and 40's at night. So I'm bringing along cold weather clothing and moderate weather clothing.

To make your life easier, I compiled a list of some things that are necessary for safety and health during a camping trip...

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I'm back from my Yellowstone adventure!

Posted June 22, 2015 in Yellowstone, Grand Tetons, travel and 7 more


The BF and I returned home at 5:25 p.m. Sunday night, and it was bittersweet.

I was extremely excited to shower in my own bathroom and sleep in my own bed after 10 days of hotels, a cabin and campsites. But I was a little sad to return to real life after day after day of amazing adventures.

I'm going to share some more detailed recaps, but today I want to share what I learned on this trip. I had some pretty great realizations during this trip…

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Yellowstone Half-Marathon Recap

Posted June 23, 2015 in half-marathon, Yellowstone, travel and 7 more


The Yellowstone Half-Marathon…where do I begin???

When I signed up for the race in February, I was in the midst of training for May's Lincoln Half-Marathon. I thought registering for a half-marathon a month and a half after Lincoln would keep me motivated to continue running. Sometimes after Lincoln I take an extended break from running and lose my running fitness.

The BF and I were also already planning a trip to Yellowstone. We were planning on leaving June 13, the day of the race. We decided to register for the race, and head to Yellowstone a day early.

However, after the Lincoln Half-Marathon I developed plantar fasciitis and had to put training for Yellowstone on hold. I only did one long run and a handful of shorter runs between Lincoln and Yellowstone. I also never practiced trail running like I had planned.

I was super anxious about Yellowstone because I wasn't in the shape I wanted to be in for a half-marathon and I was worried about my foot. But I was already registered and driving over 800 miles to get to Yellowstone, so I felt like I had to run the race.

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Yellowstone National Park Trip Recap

Posted July 2, 2015 in Yellowstone, travel, adventure and 6 more


"Wilderness is a necessity ... They will see what I meant in time. There must be places for human beings to satisfy their souls. Food and drink is not all. There is the spiritual. In some it is only a germ, of course, but the germ will grow." - John Muir

I really had no idea what to expect in Yellowstone. To be honest, I didn't know a lot about the park…Old Faithful, bears, wilderness. But I was completely blown away by the beauty of Yellowstone. I was also amazed at how little I knew about a park that is located 14 hours away from where I live. And I quickly realized that everyone else was in on the secret because I heard people speaking about a dozen languages throughout the park.

There was a quote featured near Old Faithful that mentions the spiritual energy at the park. When you're in Yellowstone, you really can feel that energy. Especially after you learn about the geological history of the park, and learn what's going on just miles below the earth's surface. It truly is a magical place.

Just a little context…the BF and I met his sister, Betsy, her husband, Matt, and their kids, Payton and Cooper, on this trip.

Read my Yellowstone Half-Marathon Recap and my Grand Teton National Park Recap also.

Here's a recap of our time at Yellowstone...

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